Men's Soccer Begins Season with National Ranking Recognition

Senior captain
Frank Sanfillipo.
SAN JOSE, Calif.—The San Jose State University men’s soccer team kicks off the 2002 season with rankings in two prominent national polls. In the national spectrum, the Spartans are ranked No. 30 in the media poll. The team is also ranked No. 7 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Far West Regional Poll.

"It is good to see this team get recognition in these polls at the beginning of the season," said Spartan head coach Gary St. Clair. "It shows this team is getting the respect for the hard work they did last season and who we were able to add to the team this year."

Although the team lost their leading scorer with Lars Lyssand graduating, the Spartans return nine starters including All-American candidate midfielder Frank Sanfillipo.

The Spartans begin the 2002 campaign with an exhibition game against UC Santa Cruz on Sunday, Aug. 25 with a 7:00 p.m. start at Spartan Stadium. The team’s first regular season game will be at UC Riverside on Sept. 1.

NSCAA/adidas Far West Pre-season Rankings
(Scheduled games against SJSU)
1. Stanford (Oct. 3 at Stanford)
2. Washington
4. USC
5. Loyola Marymount (Sept. 29 at Spartan Stadium)
6. Santa Clara (Sept. 19 at Santa Clara)
7. San Jose State
8. UC Santa Barbara
9. California (Sun. Oct. 6 at Spartan Stadium)
10. CS Fullerton

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